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Old 02-15-2016, 06:04 PM   #29
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We bought a 2013 Itasca Sunstar 26HE (27 Feet). This is also considered an entry level coach, but was perfect for my wife and I. Since the purchase we added air bags, rear trac-bar, and Safe-T Plus steering stabilizer to improve the ride/steering. We also added a solar system (with 1500 watt inverter), satellite system, Sleep Number bed, and Fantastic Fan in living room for some additional comforts. My only complaints is the size of the bed (short queen) and the size of the bathroom when using the toilet. Something to keep in mind on the next one. Overall, the price was right and we are pleased.
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We prefer a short, premium coach. Most short coaches (<36 ft.) are full of cheap materials and poor construction. We have a 2003 Monaco Trek. Because we don't have a bedroom, we have the living space of a 38 ft. coach. Our bed is in the ceiling during the day and comes down at night. If you can live with the bed, you will love a Trek.

Real wood cabinets, inverter, solar panels, surge protector built-in - these are the marks of a quality coach. Last ones were built in 2008. They don't last long when they come on the market. 323 ft. is about tops if you like to camp in state parks, USFS, and COE parks.

I don't understand why Monaco doesn't put the classic Trek back on the market. The 2016 Trek was a cheap take-off of a Fleetwood Flair/Storm and not well-received.
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Had a 26' vista. As mentioned, one AC can't keep up. If you need AC you might want to look at the smallest one with two ac's.
Yep, watch the insulation if you're going into hot or cold areas. Our 40' Dutch Star with dual pane windows and an optional (now standard) roof insulation package did just fine in 90+ weather in Yuma just running one 13.5 heat pump.
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We prefer a short, premium coach. Most short coaches (<36 ft.) are full of cheap materials and poor construction. We have a 2003 Monaco Trek. Because we don't have a bedroom, we have the living space of a 38 ft. coach. Our bed is in the ceiling during the day and comes down at night. If you can live with the bed, you will love a Trek.

Real wood cabinets, inverter, solar panels, surge protector built-in - these are the marks of a quality coach. Last ones were built in 2008. They don't last long when they come on the market. 323 ft. is about tops if you like to camp in state parks, USFS, and COE parks.

I don't understand why Monaco doesn't put the classic Trek back on the market. The 2016 Trek was a cheap take-off of a Fleetwood Flair/Storm and not well-received.
Friends of ours had a Trek. I also don't understand why no one makes the equivalent today. The biggest downside I saw was that bedtime was cut and dry, you both have to be on the same schedule.
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Our best friends downsized to a Vista 27N. They like it very much & installed a combo washer/dryer. The only downside for them is the one A/C unit. In over 90 degree temps they can't maintain a really comfortable temp. A 2nd A/C would be perfect but don't think it's available.
I have owned a 23 ft TT a 29 ft Class C and now the 29 ft Vista all with single AC. In all 3 cases a single AC would dehumidify and make the interior comfortable but the key was to get the AC going and not let the inside get real hot before turning on the AC. Parking the RV to minimize the sun heat load on the side of the unit in the afternoon was also helpful.

I would not let a unit having a single AC unit on the roof hold you back from getting a smaller shorter and lighter class A RV.
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You may also check:
- Forst River Georgetown 270S
- Thor Hurricane 27K
- Jayco Allante 26Y

If you plan to sip your beer under the shade, check for the length of the awning, the Vista 26HE having a 19 feet one, it beats them all.
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Today we checked out the 2016 Trek. Boy, that is a messed up design IMO. If you use the ample storage on the exterior rear wall, you have to empty it before you put the bed down.
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Take a good look at Newmar Bay Star Sports. 3-4 small class A's, good quality, good storage, tank sizes and known for their quality. I was interested in the Winnebago 27N until I found Newmar.
This is me exactly. I was looking for something under 30' and ended up with the Bay Star Sport 2903 and am loving the open floor plan which you won't get in the 27N and the quality is much higher.
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Like I've read so many times on this forum.... Floor plan , floor plan, floor plan.
That and load capacity. Those were what my purchase decisions were ultimately based on. Check this on 30' and smaller vehicles.
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We had a 2013 Vista 35B and loved it, we now have a 2015 Adventurer and love it also. Go with Winnebago.
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We have a 32 Triple E. The layout is great with great storage. Nice quality. Our 05 is the last year that they made class a. A really great coach on a workhorse chassis.
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Thank you,
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We have a 32 Triple E. The layout is great with great storage. Nice quality. Our 05 is the last year that they made class a. A really great coach on a workhorse chassis.

Triple E made class A up to 2010. A high quality Canadian made coach.
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